As we exited the 90s it was all about Manhattan's SATC girls, with their Manolos, dream jobs and taxi addictions. Now the new millenium is in full swing, all-hail the woman from the other side of the Williamsburg bridge, who is less about walk-in closets and cosmpolitans and more about tripping over your floordrobe and writing at the bike-courier cafe with an artisan coffee. The Brooklyn Girl is here. This type has been crystallized by Gemma Burgess’ recent book of the same name, but who are the real-life Brooklyn Girls?
In the grittier borough of Brooklyn, Lena Dunham gives us a dose of realism via her show Girls, with a cast who exemplifies this emerging breed of multi-talented yet angsty New Yorker. Toting a post-recession sense of cynicism and a slashie portfolio career, these girls are cool, edgy and realer than real. Think grungy, second-day hair, rumpled vintage and faces free of make-up bar the occasional schmear of red lippie.
Fashion writer and Brooklynite Indigo Clarke might have a cute collection of dresses but her blunt bangs and DJ skills make her anything but Carrie. Author Sheila Heti lives in Toronto, but her cult book 'How Should a Person Be?', inspired by real conversations with friends- is mostly set in Brooklyn and is a perfect example of the kinds of issues facing these young women. Rising star and Pratt fashion graduate Kilo Kish is a typical Brooklyn slashie. Her debut Homeschool EP, a mix of rap, poetry and pop set her trajectory but this Brooklynite has also dabbled in modelling and designs her own tour t-shirts.
[written by Isabelle O'Carroll]